By Iddi Yire/Julius K. Satsi, GNA
Accra, Jan. 17, GNA – Participants at the
end of the 71st Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) have urged the
Government to expedite action on the establishment of a national development
The bank, they said, would provide financial
support for private sector development and to increase investments in
agricultural, non-agricultural and agro-processing industrialisation.
A communique issued at the end of the 71st
ANYSC on the theme: “Attaining Ghana Beyond Aid, Prospects and Challenges,”
urged the Bank of Ghana to strictly monitor the banking and financial industry
to ensure strict adherence to regulations and good corporate governance
It recommended that the Central Bank should
look into the operations of the Credit Unions and bring them under their
The 71st edition of the ANYSC brought
together 517 participants from the 16 regions of Ghana, the various
metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), public and private
institutions and worker unions.
It also attracted 260 students from some
selected senior high schools and tertiary institutions.
The three-day event, which was officially
opened by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was organised by the School of
Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana.
The closing ceremony was performed by
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student
Affairs, University of Ghana.
The ANYSC, which was introduced in 1948,
brings together people from all walks of life to deliberate on topical issues
of national and international interest.
With regards to land, the Communique said
the Land Tenure and Registration System should be reviewed and modernised to
address the bottlenecks in land acquisition and registration for investment
It suggested that the Government should
promote national self-sufficiency in agricultural productivity and reduce the
country’s dependence on imported products through import substitution,
industrialisation, and consumption of locally manufactured products.
It recommended that the ‘Buy Ghana, Wear
Ghana and Eat Ghana campaign’ should be seriously promoted.
“To ensure the sustainability of the
agricultural sector and to make it attractive to the youth, Government should
empower and resource the law enforcement agencies to effectively deal with the
problem of illegal mining and logging and the protection of water bodies,” it said.
“The laws governing cattle ranching should
be strictly enforced to protect the farms and livelihoods of farmers in the
The Communique said to promote accountable
governance for local economic development, the Special Prosecutors Office must
be provided with adequate human and financial resources to enable it to become
It said recommendations from the Auditor
General’s Report should be fully implemented for greater transparency and
It said the Public Service must be
restructured and effectively decentralised both in form and substance; adding
that fiscal decentralisation must be implemented in order to promote local
economic competitiveness and development.
The Government should set up a monitoring
and evaluation office to assess and track the progress and attainment of the
Ghana Beyond Aid (GhaBA’s) goals and targets.
The Communique said the monitoring and
evaluation framework should be centred on the five components of the agenda;
WISER (that is a Wealthy, Inclusive, Sustainable, Empowered and Resilient
“From the youth perspective, the GhaBA
agenda should not be the only focus of government. Government should
concurrently drive a Ghana beyond Corruption, Ghana beyond Poverty and Ghana
beyond Filth agenda.”
The participants called on the Government
and other stakeholders to adopt the recommendations of the 71st ANYSC.